'Students-first' educators earn annual honors

Five educators from the University of Texas at Dallas earned awards at the school's annual ceremony recently.


The teachers are all members of the School of Arts and Humanities, including senior lecturer Zafar Anjum, who won the Victor Worsfold Outstanding Teaching Award.

“The faculty and staff members whom we have honored share a students-first attitude,” Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, said. “They also share the traits of intelligence, perseverance and gracious collegiality. They help create a positive, caring environment that makes every day better for those with whom they work.”

The Worsfold award is named after an ethics and philosophy professor emeritus, Victor Worsfold, who taught at the school for more than 25 years. Anjum, this year's winner, teaches Arabic and Islamic culture classes.

“I am so humbled and honored to receive the prestigious Worsfold Award for teaching at UTD,” Anjum said. “My actual award is the smiles on the faces of my students after they learn a new skill in reading, writing, comprehending or speaking of Arabic words… . Teaching is not only my profession, but it is my passion, too. In fact, my driving force is the intelligence of my beloved students at UTD, who leave the classroom with a memorable, positive learning experience.”

Other honorees included PhD candidate Kevin Wells, who won the Worsfold Teaching Assistant Award; Adreienne Rosenberg, who won the distinguished Alumni Award; and Pierrette Lacour and Megan Gray Hering, who earned Jo Ellen Roach Outstanding Staff Member Awards.

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